Monday, February 29, 2016

Cover Reveal- Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey


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When Rita Clarkson's Suburban takes its last breath on a New Mexico roadside, rescue roars up on a Harley in the form of smooth-talking honkey tonk owner, Jasper Ellis, a man as mysterious as he is charming. Rita's cross-country journey to New York City--with her three estranged siblings in tow--is only beginning, but now that Jasper has found Rita, his plans do not include her leaving.


About Tessa Bailey:


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

I am really looking forward to reading this! Have a great day everyone. :)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway- Bad Boy by J.C. Reed

Bad Boy by J.C. Reed and Jackie Steele
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Full length, 350pp

I should have seen it coming.
Sexy? Handsome? Trouble? Check, check, and check.
Is he messing up my life? Hell yes.
All the signs are there: he is a bad boy.
Even his name is a lie. Too bad I married him. I can't wait to get divorced. Does this make me sound crazy?
I know I should avoid him, run as fast as I can. However, when a harmless misunderstanding lands me in a foreign prison cell, my dear, lying husband is the only one who can get me out. Crap. I shouldn't accept.

But how to say no to trouble when said trouble is the one who makes me fantasize all the dirty things he could do to me?



Author J.C. REED

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I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you guys check out Bad Boy becasue it sounds very good.  I'd like to thank Jessica for letting us feature her book on our blog again. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review- The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Release date: 2012 (first published in 2006)
Published by: Vintage Children's Classics
Page numbers: 223


When my friend Ao, over at Aobibliosphere, recommended The Boy in Striped Pyjamas to me and when I read his review for the same, I knew that I had to read the book. Even though I could try to understand why the book has got many negative reviews and why it has been bashed, I really don't care, because to each her/ his own. Besides, for me, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas was somewhat like The Kite Runner meets Between Shades of Gray, and it was a very moving and touching story that had my heart shedding tears. 

Fictionalizing history is very difficult because there's always going to be something that is going to offend someone. Bridging the gap between reality and fiction by respecting both is a truly an art, and author John Boyne narrates a resplendent tale of two boys who look at each other as humans first, and don't even bother defining each other based on anything else. While their innocence could be termed as naïveté, why wouldn't nine year-olds behave like nine year-olds? There was so much of depth to Bruno and Shmuel's friendship that it made me want to get them out of the book and hug them tight. 

More than just friendship though, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is about a very difficult and violent period in history. What's told in this glorious tale is the story of two boys and two boys alone, but there's so much more to it than just that. The story is about courage, humanity and hope. Courage to cross the line and greet another as a friend. Humanity towards another human, which is what's expected. And finally hope that one day, everything will be all right. 

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas left me in tears and the two young and awe-inspiring boys taught me so much about life in less than 200 pages. John Boyne tells a lovely and heart-breaking story in a very simple manner. The author's writing was incredible, his words flowed so easily and his characterization was very realistic, with flaws and imperfections- just the way it should be. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas will take a few hours to finish, but will stay with the reader for far more than that time. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #155

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
Publication date- April 5th 2016

Goodreads Summary:

The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.

Hannah Moskowitz writes amazing stories, and this collaboration with Kat Helgeson sounds beautiful. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Link me to your posts in the comments below, so I can check it out. Happy waiting, and happy reading! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Release Blitz- Bad Boy by J.C. Reed

Bad Boy by J.C. Reed and Jackie Steele
Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Full length, 350pp

I should have seen it coming.
Sexy? Handsome? Trouble? Check, check, and check.
Is he messing up my life? Hell yes.
All the signs are there: he is a bad boy.
Even his name is a lie. Too bad I married him. I can't wait to get divorced. Does this make me sound crazy?
I know I should avoid him, run as fast as I can. However, when a harmless misunderstanding lands me in a foreign prison cell, my dear, lying husband is the only one who can get me out. Crap. I shouldn't accept.

But how to say no to trouble when said trouble is the one who makes me fantasize all the dirty things he could do to me?



Author J.C. REED

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Book Spotlight- Debt by Rachel Dunning

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526 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance
“He is magnetic and an Alpha to his core.”
Lunaland Books ☆☆☆☆☆ Review
“I was sucked into this book from page one!
“The Debt Collector is sexy as sin and the ultimate Alpha male!!”
Alpha Book Club ☆☆☆☆☆ Review

DEBT By Rachel Dunning
Expected Release Date:
March 30, 2016
What’s it about?

The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.
New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance


I have no desire to settle down.
I have no desire to make Kyla be the last woman I’m ever with.
But, damn it, I’d like to be given a chance to do those things. Does she even feel anything for me?
I know I do.
I feel something.
Not love. Something else.
Like I need her.
Like I’d stop breathing without her.
Like the sun would stop being so bright or the sounds of the world so sweet if she disappeared.


About Rachel:
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Review- Frisk Me by Lauren Layne


Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they're determined to make him into NYC's newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD's finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he's more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn't in love with Officer Moretti. That's why she's going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava's determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there's something about a man in uniform . . . and she can't wait to get him out of his.

Release date: July 28, 2015
Published by: Forever
Page numbers: 384


It has taken me very little time to become a huge Lauren Layne fan and I am steadily devouring her various series. Frisk Me is the first book in Lauren Layne's New York's Finest series. It is quite a bit different from her Sex, Love and Stilettos series but it is obviously a contemporary romance. While I did not love the romance itself in this book I really enjoyed the story as a whole.

Officer Luc Moretti has been termed as a hero because of his actions. Now he has Ava and he team doing a special on him and the NYPD on national television. I liked Luc. He was actually very frustrated being tagged the hero. He lived with the guilt of losing his partner and not being able to save a little girl. He just wanted to do his work peacefully but Ava definitely had other plans.

Ava is our heroine. She has lived her entire life under the pressure of her parents and siblings. She thinks that doing the TV special on Luc and the NYPD is her chance to shine and get up the ladder. I liked Ava but she was not one of my favourite heroines. She was trying hard to be someone her family expected but Luc helps her find herself.

Ava and Luc definitely start off their relationship with a lot of arguments. They have no choice but to work with each other but soon they start understanding the other person behind the facade. I liked Luc and Ava's romance. Lauren Layne definitely knows how to translate chemistry on paper and it was easy to see it between Luc and Ava.

But what I loved the most in Frisk Me is the whole Moretti clan. I loved how unapologetic each one was about interfering in the other's personal life. They were a strong family who protected their members. I especially liked Nonna and I'm looking forward to Anthony's story next. Frisk Me was a good read.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Book Spotlight- Unanswered by Kunal Narayan Uniyal

Author bio:
Name: Kunal narayan uniyal

Education: St Thomas college
Dob: 12.09.1984

Professional qualification: Master mariner

Books: Kuch khwaab sagar se: Hindi poetry

Unanswered: English poetry cum essays  

 Sparrow in the mirror (upcoming): English poetry

Le moineau dans le miroir : French poetry

Main hoon kya (upcoming) : Hindi poetry

Journey to the next level (upcoming) : English fiction novel

Publisher:  Immortal doon publication, roman Books (UK), Smashwords,  Samaya sakshaya, Createspace
12 years at sea inspired me to come up with my first book kuch khwaab sagar se, launched in 2014 by honorable speaker of legislative assembly .i was called to France for the literary meet and discuss my works and was felicitated there by “house of life”, a literary society and rotary club, was decided by the society to translate my work to French. I was felicitated by nautical institute, London for my  book and  nominated for sailors today award 2014 in exemplary personal achievement category .my book is placed in the library of sahitya academy and rashtrapati bhawan and got a personal call from the house congratulating me for my work. During this period i was interviewed by various newspapers with the likes of hindustan times, garwal post, amar ujala,danik jagran, rashtriya sahara, i next and radio interview on radio khushi and recent one in radio zindagi on 8th january 2016.

French translation of the book is available by the name of “le moineau dans le miroir” available in all major book stores in France and offline elsewhere.

Recently my epic poetic book “unanswered “was released at international film festival, gurgaon on 5th December by famous director Mr. sudheer mishra followed by panel discussion by shabana azmi and pallavi joshi. Book was appreciated in both bollywood as well as literary worlds

Book synopsis:

Unanswered, I know it is quite an unusual kind of title for a book of poems barring a few  articles. Before I say anything more about my book, I would like to say something about myself and my thought process. Born and brought up in Dehradun, I have always shared a close affinity with nature. I used to love, I still do, watching nature and ponder how it can be loving and cruel at the same time. I grew up with my thoughts and took to sailing, a job were I fit in perfectly. My roving mind now had more to ponder about. Often have I stood alone on the deck of my ship, feeling the vibrations of a surging ocean underneath and watching the sky change its colours and mood without any indication. At times I have been frightened…. bewildered… mesmerized…all at once. I respect nature in all its aspects…its benevolence… its fury…its colours… its stillness…its suddenness…its unpredictability…everything!
Then I look at us…I mean we humans…we are the most superior…the most intelligent…the most progressive of all living creatures and yet the most miserable of all living creatures so long as we are shrouded in false ego and ignorance. Nature has its laws fixed and does not discriminate. It is we who draw what we call bad luck. I quote Cassius from Julius Ceaser” fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings…”All that is required is an insight into ourselves and faith in divine providence. Here lies the crux of my book ‘unanswered’.

Unanswered is all about finding the answers which lay deeply hidden in the core of our hearts but we fail to discover it as we are covered with fog of ego and desires. Unanswered is all about revealing those answers.

Non fiction cum poetic novel are based on life as question and answers. Each poem is supported by an article explaining the poem and reason behind writing same.

So much of questions in me which in turn coming from this mortal world led me to find answers for same and giving solace in this painful world.Why is there pain and sufferings, why do we die,what is morality,how can we become immortals are among those many questions which one will find answers to in my book in a very very simplified form. If my writing can bring peace into someone's life that would solve the purpose for which book was written. 
"From where it came,there shall it go"

I hope you guys check out Kunal's book and enjoy it once you do. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review- Of Bridges Among Us by Neeru Iyer

Of Bridges Among Us on Goodreads


The world of Of Bridges Among Us is inhabited by interesting characters -- porn actors weighed down by family values, lesbians coming out to their families, suspicious homemakers, and lunatics in confinement with a love for mangoes -- and each person has a unique story to tell.

Release date: November 2015
Published by: Palimpsest Publishers
Page numbers: 216


Author Neeru Iyer's Of Bridges Among Us is a collection of ten short stories that focus on exactly what the title says by portraying human emotions in a very subtle yet powerful manner. With short stories, it's either make it or break it; a reader either loves it or hates it. There is absolutely no in between. Luckily for me, albeit the predictability of the stories most of the time, Neeru Iyer's simple writing and sharp storytelling combined beautifully to make for an absolutely amazing collection of wonderful stories that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

While all the stories in the collection were really well made, the ones that stood out most for me are Falling Stars, The Girl by the Fourth Window, Moonwalker and She's not Afraid of Spiders. Close to these are also the stories titled A Stranger to Life, The Best Mango and The Reunion. The only stories I wasn't the most fond of were The Other Woman and Fever. But honestly, when more than half the stories end up being so beautiful , two can easily be overlooked and kept aside. My most favourite of them all, however, was Somewhere over the Rainbow. 

Neeru Iyer takes up so many themes, emotions and storylines that in one book itself, we go from issues like rape to cheating to LGBT to abuse to separation and so much more. I'm always looking for stories that have character development and heavy substance to them, which is why all these stories left me leaving satisfied. There was something so real and so unique about every story that it made it seem as if a different person was telling each story, and that's where Neeru Iyer's talent really takes centre stage. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend Of Bridges Among Us for it is a very beautiful read that will leave the reader in a happy place but at the same time, in a contemplative mood. I just feel like this book really spoke to me, and I adore it when books so that, so this was an instant hit that will remain with me for a long time. 

*Note: This book was provided by Neeru Iyer in exchange for an honest review. We thank her for the book. 

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